FAQs

UIC Nursing-Springfield students have a unique set of questions about studying with us. We've got answers.

When I’m admitted to the Springfield campus, where will I attend class and clinical?

Nursing students have classes in various buildings on the UIS campus and in our simulation laboratory/classroom in the Student Affairs Building, SAB 23. Clinical courses take place in agencies located in Springfield or in surrounding communities. Transportation to clinical sites is each student’s responsibility. It is especially important that students have access to transportation for community and home health clinical rotations.

Will I be required to go to Chicago as part of my nursing education?

Undergraduate students do not typically need to travel to Chicago for class or lab experiences. Clinical practicum experiences take place in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Students from all campuses gather in Chicago for the White Coat Ceremony at the beginning of the undergraduate program, and at the end of the program to celebrate commencement.

  • For graduate students only: Face-to-face classes for graduate students are conducted at the Springfield Campus either at UIS or at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation. Students may also connect to the other five campuses via distance technology; those courses are offered at the nursing suite located in SAB 23 on the UIS campus. Graduate students may be required to join classmates in Chicago for a limited number of activities.

Can I finish my UIS degree while attending the UIC College of Nursing?

Yes, it is possible to complete your UIS degree while completing your BSN. The BSN is a rigorous program, so you must work very closely with your academic advisors in nursing and in your UIS department or school.

Will my nursing degree be from UIS?

No. The Springfield Campus of the College of Nursing is a satellite program of the University of Illinois at Chicago, one of the top ranked schools of nursing in the country.  Your degree will be from the UIC College of Nursing.

If I’m part of UIC, where do my student fees go?

Tuition and college differential fees go to UIC. However, when students register at UIC Nursing’s Springfield Campus, their student fees are allocated to UIS. This grants nursing students in Springfield full access to the local campus’s services such as the UIS Student Union.

Are there any extracurricular activities or groups available to Springfield nursing students?

In addition to all of the resources available on the UIS campus, UIC Nursing’s Springfield Campus is home to a very active chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Illinois, an Urban Health Program, among others. Leadership opportunities abound.

Is financial aid available for nursing students?

Yes. Financial aid for nursing students is administered through the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid. Students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UIC’s school code, 001776, in order to obtain aid. 

Can I begin my program in the College of Nursing before completing all of my prerequisite coursework?

No. You must have completed all required coursework (other than upper division) prior to beginning your nursing program.You can, however, apply to the nursing program after having completed three of five required science courses.